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Newsletter no. 69
13 December 2020

Joint stamp issue between Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. Bishkek Main Mosque of Imam al-Sarakhsi

Newsletter no. 69

On December 21, 2020 the State Committee of Information Technology and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic puts into circulation a Kyrgyz Express Post souvenir sheet: “Joint stamp issue between Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. Bishkek Main Mosque of Imam al-Sarakhsi”.

Kyrgyzstan and Turkey have long been linked by friendship and a cooperative relationship in the spiritual, cultural, economic and political spheres. One manifestation of this cooperation was the construction of the Bishkek Main Mosque, built thanks to the brotherly help of the Turkish state. The mosque was opened on September 2, 2018.

The Bishkek Main Mosque bears the name of a prominent Islamic scholar and preacher, Imam al-Sarakhsi, who lived in the 11th century. Imam al-Sarakhsi was from Central Asia and his whole life was connected to this region. Imam al-Sarakhsi died in the town of Uzgen, where his mausoleum is located.

Bishkek Main Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Central Asia. Each of the four minarets is 70 meters high. The total area of the facility is 3.5 hectares (8,649 acres), which is enough to accommodate 8,000 people inside and up to 20 thousand people outside.

Souvenir sheet no. 18
                                    No. 160

Souvenir sheet description.

Souvenir sheet no. 18
No. 160. 250 KGS.
Bishkek Main Mosque of Imam al-Sarakhsi.

Technical specifications.

Paper: coated, gummed, 105 g/m².
Printing method: full-color offset lithography.
Perforation: comb 13 syncopated.
Stamp size:: 68.00 x 34.00 mm.
Souvenir sheet size: 100.00 х 66.00 mm.
Quantity issued: 9 000 pieces.
Designer: Irmak Çam, Daria Maier.
Printer House: “Nova Imprim” (Chișinău, Moldova).

A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the Bishkek KEP Office (729001) on the souvenir sheet
issuing day.
The first day cover and special postmark
are designed by Daria Maier.
Cover size: С6 (162 х 114 mm).
Printing method: full-color offset.
Quantity issued: 250 pieces.
Endorsing ink color: black.

Souvenir sheet and FDC can be purchased here.

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